NUFC, Vikings and Cannabis leaves – These Are The Bizarre COFFINS Ordered by Geordies

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Go As You Please’s Irn Bru coffin has gone viral, but the Northumberland firm have also made coffins

From rockets, to Viking boats, or Newcastle United’s colours, this North East funeral firm has had all kinds of requests for bespoke coffins.

Go As You Please, which has outlets across the region, specialises in custom made coffins.

Its unique Irn Bru design caused a stir after going viral on social media.

The business was set up by Carl Marlow, of Ponteland, Northumberland, who said bespoke coffins have become increasingly popular.

“Marijuana leaves is a common request,” the 50-year-old said. “We have done Elvis, The Beatles, vampires. We made a coffin into a rocket and made a canal boat for someone.

David Nicholson, Funeral Director at Go As You Please Funerals discusses the bespoke quirky coffins they can offe
David Nicholson, Funeral Director at Go As You Please Funerals discusses the bespoke quirky coffins they can offe (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

“There have been Newcastle United football ones, Liverpool, the Scottish flag, and we made a Viking boat for someone who thought they were a Viking.”

Carl came up with the idea for the Irn Bru design after there was an uproar over plans to change the recipe for Scotland’s favourite soft drink.

Quirky coffins at Go As You Please Funerals
Quirky coffins at Go As You Please Funerals (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

He said: “The Irn Bru coffin was my idea when there was an outcry about the recipe being changed.

“I had gone to Edinburgh and it was amazing, I could not believe the furore about the change to the recipe,” he said.

The coffin, which was on display in the Edinburgh branch, hasn’t been requested by a customer yet but they believe it will happen soon.

David Nicholson, Funeral Director at Go As You Please Funerals with an ancient Egyptian type coffin
David Nicholson, Funeral Director at Go As You Please Funerals with an ancient Egyptian type coffin (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Carl, who opened his first shop in Wallsend and now has branches in Cramlington , Ashington, Blyth, and Consett, said family members are able to come in and decorate the coffins for their loved ones.

“People come to the funeral parlour and paint the coffin, put pictures on it,” he said. “It helps people with the grieving process.”Carl decided to open the business after the death of his mum and he realised how important funerals are for saying goodbye to a loved one.

“You can’t do it again,” he said. “I realised how important a funeral is and how important it is to get it right.”

Source:chroniclelive.co.uk/news

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